So, you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself after the news that Hermione and Ron weren’t meant to be. Although we can't undo J.K. Rowling’s confession, we can suggest a place to make you feel better. Adding to its existing Hogwarts and Hogsmeade attractions, Universal Studios will be opening up a Diagon Alley on its grounds, complete with a Gringott’s Bank and a Knockturn Alley. Yes, that’s right. There will be a mini London in Florida.
Sneak peak at the London of Universal Studios. Image via Orlando Observer.
Replacing the beloved former Jaws attraction, a section of Universal Studios will be transformed into a slice of London, interpreted with the help of the production design team from the Harry Potter films. To get the vibe across, the entire city has been distilled to a few basic icons, including King’s Cross (featuring platform 9 ¾, of course), Wyndham’s Theatre and the Leicester Square Underground Station. A sprinkling of shops and restaurants will fill in the gaps to blind any disbelieving tourists.
Universal Studio's King's Cross
Real King's Cross
Universal Studio's Wyndham's Theatre
Real Wyndham's Theatre
Universal Studio's Leicester Square Underground station
Real Leicester Square Underground station